Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Access to Research

Issue: Barriers to access can prevent researchers from discovering the latest developments in their field. 

Critical research resources are often hidden behind a barrier of prohibitively expensive license fees meaning that most researchers cannot access the resources they need.

Solution: Deposit research outputs and data in our institutional repository. Seek publication in open access journals such as BioMed.

Institutional repositories provide preservation and access to enable researchers to comply with their funder's policies. Open access journals facilitate a faster, wider distribution of the latest scientific discoveries. 

At the library: Follow our links below for information, tools & resources
  • Our Institutional Repository collects and preserves the University of Guelph's intellectual output, ensuring long-term preservation and access
  • The library hosts a number of open access journals. We will continue to support new initiatives in the area of open access publishing.
  • We provide resources to allow our users the most up-to-date information on access issues. Follow this blog for regular updates.

What Others are Saying

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Taylor and Francis explain Open Access

Published on Dec 10, 2013

An introduction to Open Access publishing from Taylor & Francis Group, this is a short video posted to youtube: 

Watch it here:

Posted by K. Jane

Open Access is not as difficult as you might think

Georgia State University Professor Carrie Freeman

Georgia State University Professor Carrie Freeman describes how making scholarship open access isn't as difficult as most academics might think. 

She posts abstracts on

Watch the video at:

~ Posted by K. Jane

Are alternative metrics for you?

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has announced the publication of Altmetrics in Context. 

"As scholarly communication takes on new forms and moves increasingly to digital and open access venues, the value of new types of metrics is increasingly important for the research community. It is causing discussion and, in some camps, heated debate."

Altmetrics report the impact of a wide range of research outputs, including data sets, articles and code. This document, available on the CARL Website, provides a quick introduction to this new field of research impact assessment and encourages researchers to use altmetrics in their work.

* Read Altmetrics in Context here (

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K. Jane

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Repositories are important scholarly resources!

Georgia State University Professor Dennis Young
Georgia State University Professor Dennis Young
Georgia State University Professor Dennis Young tells how open access institutional repositories are important scholarly resources which add to a university's academic reputation.

Watch him at:

Have you deposited any of your articles to the Atrium?

Go to:

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

The value of open access to theses and dissertations

Gail P. ClementScholarly Communications Librarian & Associate Professor at Texas A&M University, shared two new papers about the value of open access to electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). They are an essential component of effective graduate education. In her words, "Written entirely independently, these two works in combination articulate the power and promise of the ETD experience as an opportunity to empower the newest generation of scholars to make meaningful and impactful contributions to their disciplines and to society".
A summary of these articles, with links to each, may be found online
via the Free US Etds blog at

Another good read:

Posted by K. Jane

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tools for early researchers from Elsevier. worth a look

Elsevier has developed tools for early researchers.
  • Developing a successful career in research and publishing requires a broad skill set so we've created a new center on, Early Career Resources, especially with the early career researcher in mind. Available for your use is an extensive collection of information, videos, guides, recommended reading and more.
  • Understanding the ethical boundaries in scientific research and publishing is a key step in making sure an author's work gets off to the right start. Elsevier's ethics website contains a downloadable toolkit, videos and webcasts covering topics from plagiarism to research misconduct.
  • Free bite-sized online training webcasts from PublishingConnect have useful tips and tricks on a range of valuable topics, for example: 'How to get published', 'Getting your paper noticed', and "The Impact Factor and Other Bibliometric Indicators".
  • To keep up to date with further resources and author related services, subscribe to their Authors' Update. This free quarterly newsletter is jam-packed with relevant information and useful tools for scholars.

Posted by K. Jane